How would you describe
your art/craft? I create elegant pieces from re-purposed and new materials.
I've been dismantling kimonos for years and using the fabric in
artwork, pillows, scarves, quilts and other garments.
What kinds of items do you
I sell wall hangings, framed pieces, pillow shams, and pieced bags. Prices vary from $50 to $1000.
How long have you been
doing this? Fifteen years. I love to work
with beautiful fabrics and find that creating useful and pleasing things is
deeply satisfying. I tend to make things in groups, or a series. That
allows me to more deeply explore and learn from the materials I am using.
I try to balance a respect and reverence for the fabrics I reshape with
my practical self, wanting to create beautiful useful pieces.
Have you travelled to
Yes! I went to Japan
about 5 years ago, on a tour of Kyoto gardens and cities/towns surrounding
Kyoto. It was a small and lovely group of us; I learned a lot about more
than just gardens. The Japanese esthetic is appealing and soothing to me,
and I am continually drawn to Japanese art and crafts. I very much want
to return to Japan with an emphasis on textiles —-but COVID has closed those
doors for now.
What is your favorite
thing about working with kimono fabric? Since nearly everything I
work with is antique or vintage, I like that these old fabrics become something
new. From that re-creation, the fabric has a new purpose and life.
What is the most
challenging thing about working with kimono fabric? Some worn or
stained areas that cannot be used, and the 14” width is limiting.
HERE ARE SOME OF ANN'S CREATIONS: